(Columbus, Neb.) - Stephen A. Kennett, a philosophy instructor at Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill., was one of 50 individuals from 27 states who attended a workshop June 20-25 in Nebraska focusing on the culture and history of three Plains Native American tribes.
Central Community College-Columbus in Columbus, Neb., served as host for the workshop, which was part of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer program for community college faculty.
Participants explored the culture of the Pawnee, Ponca and Omaha tribes and discovered how their way of life was altered forever by Western expansion. They visited the Pawnee Indian Village Museum in Republic County, Kan.; the Genoa U.S. Indian School Museum and archaeological sites in Nance County, Neb.; Joslyn Art Museum and Durham Museum in Omaha; and the Omaha and Winnebago reservations in Nebraska.
Speakers included authors Joe Starita and David Wishart from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and native speakers Judi gaiashkibos, executive director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs; Pat Leading Fox, head chief of the Pawnee nation's Nasharo Council; Wynema Morris, enrolled member of the Omaha tribe; Gary Robinette, director of cultural affairs for the Ponca tribe of Nebraska; and storyteller Matt Jones.
"The quality of participants was exceptional, and each one expressed enthusiasm to take what they learned back to their respective community colleges," said Dianna Parmley, dean of educational services at CCC-Columbus.
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